Professor of Entomology
Ph.D. (1982) Cornell University

Contact

kenross@uga.edu
  • Grant Support -
    • "Speciation and Evolution of Fire Ants: An Integrated Population Genetic, Phylogenetic, and Ecological Approach," NSF
    • “Molecular Genetic Basis of Reproduction in Fire Ants,” USDA Hatch Funds
Selected Publications:
  • Ross, K. G., D. Gotzek, M. S. Ascunce, and D. D. Shoemaker. 2010. Species delimitation: a case study in a problematic ant taxon. Systematic Biology 59: 162-184.
  • Gotzek, D. and K. G. Ross. 2009. Current status of a model system: the gene Gp-9 and its association with social organization in fire ants. PLoS ONE 4: e7713.
  • Ross, K. G. and D. D. Shoemaker. 2008. Estimation of the number of founders of an invasive pest insect population: the fire ant Solenopsis invicta in the United States. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 275: 2231-2240.
  • Wang, J., K. G. Ross, and L. Keller. 2008. Genome-wide expression patterns and the genetic architecture of a fundamental social trait. PLoS Genetics 4(7): e1000127.
  • Gotzek, D. and K. G. Ross. 2008. Experimental conversion of colony social organization in fire ants (Solenopsis invicta): worker genotype manipulation in the absence of queen effects. Journal of Insect Behavior 21: 337-350.
  • Caldera, E. J., K. G. Ross, C. J. DeHeer, and D. D. Shoemaker. 2008. Putative native source of the invasive fire ant Solenopsis invicta in the U.S.A. Biological Invasions 10.1007/s10530-008-9219-0.
  • Giron, D., K. G. Ross, and M. R. Strand. 2007. Presence of soldier larvae determines the outcome of competition in a polyembryonic wasp. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20: 165-172.
  • Gotzek, D. and K. G. Ross. 2007. Genetic regulation of colony social organization in fire ants: an integrative overview. Quarterly Review of Biology 82: 201-226.
  • Ross, K. G., M. J. B. Krieger, L. Keller, and D. D. Shoemaker. 2007. Genetic variation and structure in native populations of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta: evolutionary and demographic implications. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 92: 541-560.
  • Gotzek, D., D. D. Shoemaker, and K. G. Ross. 2007. Molecular variation at a candidate gene implicated in the regulation of fire ant social behavior. PLoS ONE 2: e1088
  • Pitts, J.P., J.V. McHugh and K.G. Ross. 2005. A cladistic analysis of the fire ants of the Solenopsis saevissima species-group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zoologica Scripta 34: 493-505.
  • Ross, K.G. and D.D. Shoemaker. 2005. Species delimitation in native South American fire ants. Molecular Ecology 14: 3419-3438.
  • Ahrens, M.E., K.G. Ross and D.D. Shoemaker. 2005. Phylogeographic structure of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta in its native South American range: roles of natural barriers and habitat connectivity. Evolution 59: 1733-1743.
  • Krieger M.J.B. and Ross K.G. 2005. Molecular evolutionary analyses of the odorant-binding protein gene Gp-9 in fire ants and other Solenopsis species. Molecular Biology and Evolution 22: 2090-2103.
  • Krieger, M.J.B. and K.G. Ross. 2003. Molecular evolutionary analyses of mariners and other transposable elements in fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Molecular Biology 12: 155-166.
  • Costa, J.T. and K.G. Ross. 2003. Fitness effects of group merging in a social insect. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 270: 1697-1702.
  • Ross, K.G., M.J.B. Krieger, and D.D. Shoemaker. 2003. Alternative genetic foundations for a key social polymorphism in fire ants. Genetics 165: 1853-1867.
  • Shoemaker, D.D., M. Ahrens, L. Sheill, M. Mescher, L. Keller, and K.G. Ross. 2003. Distribution and prevalence of Wolbachia infections in native populations of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Environmental Entomology 32: 1329-1336.
  • Krieger, M.J.B. and K.G. Ross. 2002. Identification of a major gene regulating complex social behavior. Science 295: 328-332.
  • Ross, K.G. and L. Keller. 2002. Experimental conversion of colony social organization by manipulation of worker genotype composition in fire ants (Solenopsis invicta). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 51: 287-295.
  • Ross, K.G. 2001. Molecular ecology of social behaviour: analyses of breeding systems and genetic structure. Molecular Ecology 10: 265-284.
  • Goodisman, M.A.D., C.J. DeHeer and K.G. Ross. 2000. Unusual behavior of polygyne fire ant queens on nuptial flights. Journal of Insect Behavior 13: 455-468.
  • Shoemaker, D.D., K.G. Ross, L. Keller, E.L. Vargo, and J. H. Werren. 2000. Wolbachia infections in native and introduced populations of fire ants (Solenopsis spp.). Insect Molecular Biology 9: 661-673.